Garfield Musical at the Walnut Street Theatre
The comic strip standby comes to the stage in this fun musical for kids.
He hates Monday, he loves lasagna, and he’s been a fixture on the funny pages — in newspapers that still run them, anyway — since 1978, as the star of the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
Garfield, created by cartoonist Jim Davis, has already been the star of a long-running cartoon series, a series of popular specials and two movies, and now American culture’s snarkiest cat is headed to another medium: The stage at the Walnut Street Theatre.
Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude will run at the theater from February 3 to 18, as part of the WST For Kids series. Each performance runs an hour long, with tickets ranging from $14.50 to $16.50.
The musical, featuring a book by Davis and Michael J. Bobbitt and music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius II, features all the famous characters: Garfield, Jon Arbuckle, Arlene, Odie, and Nermal. The plot has Garfield running away from home after the others forget his birthday, but eventually gaining a new appreciation for his life. Original songs include “Amazing Birthday,” “Animal Control,” “I Hate Mondays,” and “Monday Nightmare.”
The musical was first staged in 2015 in Washington, DC., following a lengthy development process, had its rights acquired last spring by R&H Theatricals, the entity that controls licensing rights for the complete works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
In the Walnut Street production, Brian Kurtas is the director and choreographer. The cast includes several members of the The Theatre School at Walnut Street Theatre: Rafael Martinez-Salgado as Garfield, Connor McAndrews as Jon, Faith Sacher as Nermal, Jacob Schrimpf as Odie, and Joslynn Cortes as Arlene.
The show runs February 3 at 10:30 am; February 4 at 10:30 am and 1 and 3:30 pm; and February 5, 11, and 18 at 11 am.
Want to know more, or get your kids ready for the show? You can see a study guide here.
Photograph courtesy of the Walnut Street Theatre.